Lynette Jones, culinary instructor at the Putnam Career & Technical Center, was named the 2024 West Virginia Career Technical Education Teacher of the Year!

Jones has rich industry experience and an unmatched enthusiasm for culinary arts. She primarily focuses on the ProStart Restaurant Management and Baking and Pastry programs at PCTC, but also mentors high school and post-secondary by sharing her expertise with aspiring chefs. Jones holds an Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management from Marshall Community and Technical College, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from Marshall University Lewis College of Business, and a Master of Science in Adult & Technical Education from Marshall University.

Jones has devoted a considerable portion of her life to career technical education. With a lineage of educators spanning three generations and a passion for career technical education passed down from her mother, her commitment to her profession is undeniable. Jones actively advises PCTC’s SkillsUSA Chapter by providing consistent guidance to students for competitive events, which has led to numerous state achievements and national medals by students.

She embraces Julia Child’s culinary wisdom: “To be a good cook, you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating.”